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Westinghouse, ABC plan 24-hour all-new cable net

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited by Clara Germani / August 13, 1981

New York

A 24-hour all-news cable television network is being planned by Westinghouse and ABC, two of the largest broadcast companies in the country. The organization is to be the nation's second all-news network, joining the Atlanta-based Cable News Network.

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Reports indicate that the new network will cost between $35 million and $40 million during its first year of operation. Unlike the 1 1/2-year-old CNN system, the Westinghouse-ABC project intends to provide regional news spots prepared by 24 local stations. The network, funded by advertising, will provide to cable systems without charge.